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Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe (1930–2013) was a Nigerian writer. He is famous for his short stories, poetry and novels, including No Longer At Ease (1960) and Arrow of God (1964). Achebe grew up in Ogidi, a town in eastern Nigeria, the child of Christian missionary parents.

After studying English literature at university, he wrote his first novel, Things Fall Apart (1958). It tells the story of a young Igbo man living in colonial Nigeria whose community is threatened by the arrival of white Europeans. It quickly became a success, selling more than 10 million copies around the world. It was the first modern novel to tell the story of Nigeria’s colonial history from an African point of view, and it sparked a wave of new writing across Africa.

Achebe’s novels are written in a style that reflects the Igbo oral tradition (the tradition of telling stories aloud). As a child, Achebe grew up listening to folk tales, and these stories found their way into his novels. Achebe’s work has had such a big influence that he is sometimes called the "father of modern African literature".

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